Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Green Bean Casserole

There are many ways to make the old stand by side dishes Gluten Free!  Depending on how your mom or grandma made green bean casserole you either love it or hate it.  I personally love it, especially with the fried onions on top!  Now that I'm Gluten Free I just made a few adjustments and here you go - Gluten Free Green Bean Casserole.

What You Need:
- 2 jars of green beans, drained
- 1/4 cup chopped onions
- 1 tbsp butter
- 3/4 cup sour cream
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp sugar
- 1 cup cheddar cheese

How to Make It:
Heat oven to 350 degrees.  In a skillet over medium heat melt the butter and cook the onions for about 5 minutes.  Add salt, sugar, sour cream and beans.  Mix together and put in 8x8 casserole dish.  Cover with cheese and bake for 30 minutes.

This is super tasty!  The sauce is a little thin so you could always add about 1 tbsp GF flour to the butter in the beginning to thicken it up.

This ones a keeper!

Monday, April 25, 2011

Gluten Free French Toast

I love breakfast foods!  I can eat them for any meal.  We had a long and busy Easter weekend with family but Saturday morning I did get to make breakfast.  I decided to go with French Toast!   I used Gluten Free and regular bread but I made the batter Gluten Free.  

What You Need:
- 10 Slices of Bread - I used Rudi's
- 1 cup milk
- 3 eggs
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tbsp sugar
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/4 cup Gluten Free Bisquick - you could use any GF flour mix

How to Make It:
Heat skillet or griddle.  In bowl mix GF flour mix, milk, eggs, cinnamon, sugar and vanilla extract until smooth.  Soak each piece of bread in the mixture and then cook until brown on both sides.   Serve with syrup or powdered sugar!

If cooking GF and regular bread, to avoid cross contamination prepare the GF bread first.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Mexican Slow Cooker Chicken

The advantages of a slow cooker are numerous!  
First- throw everything in there and don't worry about it for HOURS.
Second- after a long day of work, dinner is ready when you get home.
Third - there are SO many options!

Whenever I make this recipe it varies slightly by what is in my pantry but here are the nuts and bolts of it.  It really is a Gluten Free meal without having to make any substitutions, which is always nice.   Just make sure you read the labels and you'll be fine.  There are also lots of options as to how to eat it.

What You Need:
- 2 large frozen chicken breasts
- 1 can corn, drained
- 1 can beans, drained
- 1 16oz can salsa
- 4oz cream cheese

How to Make It:
Put the first four ingredients in the slow cooker at lunch time on low (yes the frozen chicken too!).  When you get home from work pull the chicken out and use forks to pull it apart.  Put it back in the slow cooker with the cream cheese.  Let cook on high for 20 minutes while everyone gets settled in after the long day.

Serve with rice or tortilla chips or corn tortillas or corn pasta or just eat it straight!

The Toddler ate hers with rice while the adults used Utz Tortillas Chips - A Gluten Free Food!

This makes a good amount of food so we had leftovers for lunch the next day too!

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Gluten Free Shepherd's Pie

Looking for an easy and fast Gluten Free dinner?  Here is a sure winner!  It can be easily customized to your families likes and to what is available in your pantry.  I typically make it with can corn but have added frozen veggies like carrots and green beans before.  The flavor of this shepherd's pie is more sweet than savory.  We love this meal on cold nights and find that it is very filling.  Another one dish meal success!  The kids even love to eat this one.  If there is any left it will heat up well the next day.

What You Need:
- 1 lb ground beef
- 1/4 chopped onion
- 2 tbsp ketchup
- 1 can drained corn
- 1 can drained green beans
- 1 egg
- 2 cups cooked mashed potatoes - I used Potato Buds
- 1 tbsp brown sugar
- 1 cup cheese
- 1 tbsp GF worcestershire

How To Make It:

Heat oven to 350 degrees.  Brown beef with onions, drain fat.  Prepare potatoes per the package.  In a small bowl mix together egg, worcestershire sauce, brown sugar and ketchup.  When beef is cooked through add the can of drained corn (or other veggies).  Once the potatoes are ready stir wet ingredients into beef mixture.   You don't want them to sit in the skillet very long because you don't want the eggs to start to scramble.  Pour meat/ veggie mixture into casserole dish, top with potatoes, and cover with cheese.  Bake for 25 minutes.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Corn Pancakes - Gluten Free

I love Saturday mornings because I get to make breakfast with the Toddler!  We usually make pancakes or eggs, but I decided to mix it up and make CORN pancakes.  Some people call them Johnny Cakes.

What You Need:
- 1 cup Bob's Red Mill GF Cornbread Mix
- 3/4 cup of milk
- 1 tbsp oil or applesauce
- 1 egg
- 1/2 tbsp sugar *optional*

How to Make It:
Heat griddle.  Mix all ingredients together.  Spray griddle with cooking spray.  Spoon 1/3 cup portions onto hot griddle.  Cooks in about 1.5 minutes per side.  Serve with butter and syrup!

This only makes about 8 pancakes so you can easily double the recipe if you are feeding more people.   I thought this batter was pretty tasty and fluffed up nicely!  The toddler and hubby loved them!

Friday, April 15, 2011

The Free From Gluten Giveaway Winner Is...

Erin S. from Gluten Free Fun!!!

Using number #10 was the winner of the $20.00 coupon code for Free From Gluten.  

To read about my experience with Free From Gluten go here.

Don't forget that coupon code IMACELIAC will get you 10% off your purchase with Free From Gluten until April 30th!  

Happy Shopping and Congratulations to Erin S.!

Erin S. just email me at pam (@) and I will send you the coupon code worth $20!

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Rocky Road Brownies

Gluten Free desserts don't have to be boring or bland!  There are lots of options.  I'm always looking for fast and easy ways to make Gluten Free dishes so pre-packaged baking mixes are a big help!   Whole Foods had Pamela's Brownie Mix on sale a few weeks ago so I picked up a couple bags.  Not wanting to make just plain brownies I went to the pantry and found marshmallows and nuts - Rocky Road Brownies!

What you Need:

  • 1 16 oz bag of Pamela's Brownie mix
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup oil
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1 1/2 cup marshmallows
  • 1 cup nuts (pecans or walnuts)

How to Make Them:
Heat oven to 350 degrees.  Lighted spray 8x8 pan.  Mix all ingredients together.  Pour into pan and bake for 18-20 minutes.  When a toothpick comes out clean they are done!

*If you have a nut allergy just omit the nuts*

These tasted awesome!  My Gluten eating hubby loved these!

Pamela's baking mix comes with chocolate chunks in it but if you use the Betty Crocker Brownie mix you may want to add some chocolate chips.

We ate ours hot out of the oven with cool whip!  Then my hubby ate the rest for breakfast and snack.

This recipe is linked to Slightly Indulgent Tuesdays and Gluten Free Wednesdays!

Monday, April 11, 2011

Local Health Food Store

In the town I live in we are 45 minutes from the nearest large health food store like Whole Foods, Fresh Market or Earth Fare.  All are great sources for Gluten Free products.   However, 45 minutes is a long haul after a full day of work.  I try to plan my visits to these stores well so I only have to make the trip every 2 weeks.   I set out with my shopping list and big insulated totes.

A few weeks ago I discovered Earth Harvest, a local health food store only 20 minutes from my house.  The store is tucked away in a shopping center in between a large gym and bowling alley.  I have driven by this place hundreds of times but never paid attention to it.  They have a whole section dedicated for Gluten Free products!  They carry many brand name products like Udi's bread, Bob's Red Mill mixes  and Van's Gluten Free Waffles.

The staff was very helpful and knowledgable about their product lines.  They also told me they would order cases for me if there was a specific product I needed!   Finding this local store was a huge advantage for me because I can pick up a couple items while I'm running around town.  This is a big change from the 45 minutes commute one way to the larger stores.  

So here is my advice - open your eyes as you drive around town.  You never know what Gluten Free gem is hiding in a shopping center!

Friday, April 8, 2011

Go Picnic Product Review

When you have Celiac Disease and are living Gluten Free "grabbing a quick lunch" is very hard to do.  There are those superstars that pack their lunch every day, but I'm just not that awesome.  As a working mom I look for any help I can get!  So when I heard about a company creating a whole Gluten Free meal in a box I was intrigued!

I first heard about Go Picnic through Twitter but couldn't find them in any local stores.  When I was shopping at a World Market in Greensboro I found them!  They had four varieties to choose from.   Please be aware that not all Go Picnic boxes are Gluten Free so make sure you read the box before you devour it!

I picked up two boxes of the Hummus & Cracker variety.

Here is what comes in the box:

- Wild Garden Hummus Dip
- Crunchmaster Mutli-seed Crackers
- Sweet Perry Orchards Baja Blend Fruit and Nut Mix
- Seapoint Farms Dry Roasted Edamame
- Terra Nostra Organic Dark Chocolate Square

It is surprisingly a lot of food!  The hummus comes in a sqeeze tube that easily glides onto the crackers.  The roasted edamame is a nice side item to add some crunch.   The fruit and nut mix is good but I found the coated almonds to be too spicy, so I skipped them.  The meal is finished with a mild piece of dark chocolate.

I have enjoyed both boxes at work.  It comes in a fun box with activities inside.  If you need a quick lunch this is a great option.  You can also order their products online.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Free From Gluten Giveaway

Free From Gluten was so nice and gave me a coupon code worth $20 for one of my readers!


$20 to be spent at  

1.  Follow this blog and leave a comment saying you are following (1 entry)
2.  Follow @ImaCeliac on Twitter and leave a comment saying you are following (1 entry)
3.  Like I'm a Celiac on Facebook and leave a comment saying you liked the page (1 entry)
4. Link to this giveaway through Facebook and leave a comment saying you linked the giveaway (1 entry)
5. Link to this giveaway through Twitter and leave a comment saying you linked to the giveaway (1 entry)

Make sure you leave a separate comment for each entry!
The winner will be selected using on Thursday April 14th.  Once contacted the winner has 48 hours to respond so I can give them the coupon code.

Even if you aren't the lucky winner you can still use coupon code IMACELIAC for 10% off your entire purchase through the end of April!

CONGRATULATIONS TO ERIN S!  You are the winner of the $20 coupon code!  Thank you to everyone who participated in the giveaway!  We will have another one soon!

Free From Gluten Review and Coupon Code

There is a relatively new online resource for Gluten Free products called Free From Gluten.  They have a WIDE variety of products available for anyone living Gluten Free.    They have eleven categories for their products ranging from breads to snacks to beverages.   I found the website to be super easy to navigate using these categories.  

The product offering is pretty big and new products are added often.  If you follow them on twitter @FreeFrom_Gluten they send notifications when new product lines come available.  The latest addition are some Schar products.  There are many brands you will recognize and some that you may not have heard of before.  

Many items come in packs of twos or sixes and you can even buy cases of some of your favorite items.   Frozen items are also available.  If you are worried about shipping costs just spend more than $50 and its free!

What I Got:
Riefa White Cheddar Cheese Mix, 2 pack
Riefa Yellow Cheddar Cheese Mix, 2 pack
Sunstart Chocolate Chip Crunch Cookies, 2 boxes
Organ All Purpose Rice Crumbs, 2 boxes
Mrs. Crimble's Orignal Cheese bites, 2 bags

All of these items came in at under $30!  

Since this was my first attempt using their website I took the opportunity to get a bunch of different items I had never tried before.   I plan to use the cheese mixes for mac-n-cheese, as toppings for popcorn and broccoli.  I devoured one bag of the cheese bites already - super tasty snack!  The cookies taste good but are a little crumbly so I wouldn't suggest dipping them in milk.  I bought the rice crumbs to have for breading.

Want to give it a try?  

Use coupon code IMACELIAC for 10% off your entire purchase!   This code is good until the end of April - happy shopping!

I am also be doing a giveaway for $20.00 worth of products from Free From Gluten!

Disclaimer: I was given the products to review, the opinions are my own.

Monday, April 4, 2011

Red Robin Gluten Free

Saturday night we joined some friends for dinner at Red Robin.  Before going Gluten Free I used to love their Banzai burger - drip down my hand good!
*Read the update at the bottom to learn about this Gluten Free BUN*

Prior to our visit I checked their website and found this helpful Gluten Free guide.

Basic don't eat list:
- Appetizers
- Soups
- Buns
- Croutons
- Ranch dressing (bummer!)

- Most salads without croutons or breaded chicken 
- Safe salad dressing: Balsamic vinaigrette, creamy cesar, and honey mustard poppyseed
- Cheeseburger, guacamole burger, natural burger, gourmet burger and bacon cheeseburger "Protein Style" without seasoning
- Grilled chicken sandwich, bruschetta chicken sandwich, california chicken sandwich, grilled salmon sandwich and chicken caprese sandwich all with no bun
- FRIES!!! Make sure they use a dedicated fryer

I had a wonderful Gluten Free experience at Red Robin.  I told the waiter right away that I was Gluten Free.  He said no problem and that he would get the manager to bring me a menu.  A couple minutes later the manager brought be the guide I saw online.  I asked about the fry situation.  The manager explained they have a DEDICATED FRYER FOR PEOPLE WITH FOOD ALLERGIES!!  How awesome is that?!  I asked him what else gets cooked in that fryer and he said just the fries!

What I ordered: Bacon Cheeseburger "Protein Style" no seasoning, fries with no seasoning cooked in the dedicated fryer.  Order your burger "no pink" because you don't want burger grease running through your lettuce.   The manager brought out my meal and it was even in a yellow basket (instead of red) to show it was a food allergy meal!  I thought this was a nice touch.

This was a very enjoyable meal!   The lettuce held up well as a bun substitute.  I dipped my fries in the ketchup and was good to go.  I really appreciated their attention to my specific food needs.   We will go back!

Our Red Robin carries Udi's Gluten Free buns!  Life changing!  It has been so long since I've eaten a GOOD cheeseburger in a bun.  I continue to be impressed with every visit how in tune they are with with food allergies and Celiac Disease needs.  The manager always brings out my yellow basket of goodness.  During our last visit the manager even saw me examining the seasoning salt on the table and stopped to inform me there are no Gluten ingredients in the mix but it is made in a facility that manufactures wheat so it wasn't safe for me!  I love the attention.  Any restaurant that cares that much about my Gluten Free eating needs will get lots of my business!

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Custom Choice Cereal Giveaway Winner!

Congratulations to Halley with Mission Driven Mom!  You are the winner of a bag of Custom Choice Cereal!  Using #14 won!

I will send you an email.  Enjoy your tasty Gluten Free cereal!
More giveaways to come!

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Stuffed Peppers - Gluten Free

Bell peppers are a very versatile vegatable for Gluten Free eaters.  I use them for stuffed pepper casserole and roasted red pepper hummus.   

My latest creation is Stuffed Peppers!

What you Need:
1 lb ground beef
4 bell peppers
1/2 onion chopped
2 cloves garlic
1 can diced tomatoes, drained
2 cups cooked brown rice or 1 cup Quinoa
2/3 cup shredded cheese or GF bread crumbs
Salt / pepper
Garlic salt

How to Make it:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Brown beef with onions and garlic.  Add tomatoes and the seasoning.  Let cook 5 minutes.  Cut tops off peppers and clean out seeds.  Add rice to beef mixture and spoon into peppers.  Top with cheese or bread crumbs and cook for 30 minutes.

Super yummy!  The challenge with stuffed peppers is how do you eat them?!  I went with the cut it up and mix it together method.

No matter your tactic for eating them, these are super tasty and filling!
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